It was just before 1a.m. in Elgin, Texas when police were called to Harper's Jewelry store for a "shots fired" call. When officers arrived they found the store owner, Juan Torres, and the body of a robber.
The robber has been identified as Robert Trevino. Trevino's street name is "Rooster" and records searches show that he has a long criminal history including evading arrest, assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and burglary.
According to the police report, Juan was in his back office when he heard someone breaking the glass display cases in the store. Juan grabbed his 12 gauge shotgun and confronted the robber. Trevino turned towards Juan with something in his hand - now identified as a hammer - and Juan fired. The 12 gauge struck Trevino in the neck, killing him instantly.
Fun fact: Police say that "Rooster" has been implicated in a robbery of this same jewelry store just two weeks ago. Of course, Trevino's family denies that.
"[Trevino] turned toward the owner, had something in his hand that we later found out was a hammer, and the owner shot the suspect one time, killing him instantly," said Elgin police Chief Chris Bratton.
Torres then went to the parking lot and opened fire on Trevino's truck - and the two passengers inside. The passengers - Sulema Sanchez and Amanda Yanes - both have extensive criminal records.
Of course, Trevino's family thinks he should have just been given a warning. Rooster's cousin, Debra Trevino, said, "It's devastating. I understand you have the right to protect your property, but killing him was overkill. He would have laid down and given up if he had the chance".
Just like he did when he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, right?